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Distinguishing Finite Verbs from Verbals
Based on "Casabianca,"
from - Golden Deeds:
Stories from History Retold for Little Folk
London: Blackie and Son Limited
1. Place parentheses ( ) around each prepositional phrase. 
2. Underline finite verbs twice, their subjects once, and label complements (PA, PN, IO, or DO). 
3. Place brackets [ ] around each subordinate clause. 
4. Place a vertical line after each main clause. 

1. The Battle of the Nile was a great battle fought at sea between the British 

and French in the year 1798.

2. My father told me to remain here, and not to stir unless he called me.

3. “But,” cried the sailors in amazement, “your father lies mortally wounded

on deck, and the ship will soon blow up.”

4. A few minutes later the figure of Casabianca was seen in the glare of 

the flames, leaning over the prostrate figure of his father.

5. Soon after, a terrible explosion shook every ship in the bay, while 

burning fragments of L’Orient were hurled in the air, falling heavily 

to the water in all directions.